Author: Travis Babcock

You Won’t Believe What NBA Legend Grant Hill Had to Say About Jayson Tatum

Spoiler Alert! Jayson Tatum is a good basketball player. The expectations for Tatum’s sophomore season, and his career, are soaring. After polishing off one of the greatest individual playoff runs in NBA history for a Rookie, people are talking about BIG things for the young star. How Big, You Ask? Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame big. Fellow Duke basketball alumni and NBA legend Grant Hill will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Friday, and he believes Jayson Tatum will follow suite one day. “I think he’s on his way,” Hill told MassLive’s Tom Westerholm. “… He’s...

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Are the Boston Celtics Too Deep?

I’m sure the Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns, and Sacramento Kings among others would love to be in the position the Boston Celtics are in. The franchise hasn’t missed the playoffs since the 2013-14 Season, yet lottery picks continue to pour in due to Danny Ainge’s brilliancy in the trade market. They boast three perennial All-Star talents in Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford. Oh, and the ‘other’ two guys in the starting lineup aren’t too bad, either. Boston has the potential to send five guys to the All-Star game this season. In more ways than one, this team...

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Boston Celtics’ Rookie Robert Williams Still Not Cleared for 5-On-5 Action

Robert Williams has been battling knee tendonitis since the end of his college tenure with Texas A&M. The big man managed to play in only six minutes of Summer League before colliding with a 76er, and missed the rest of the action after reaggravating the injury. With Training Camp Around the Corner, Williams Looks to Get Back on Track Quick Training camp is just a few weeks away, but Williams has been working hard to make a comeback as efficiently as possible. “Still taking it day by day,” Williams said. “There’s people that have a lot of time, a lot...

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Countdown to Celtics Tipoff: 43 Days

Welcome Back to the Celtics Season Tipoff Countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (September 3rd). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (43 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News Danny Ainge recently opened up about the Kyrie Irving trade from last summer, and had this to say; “I feel like there’s opportunities that you have to look at...

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Countdown to Celtics Tipoff: 44 Days

Welcome Back to the Celtics Season Tipoff Countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (September 2nd). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (44 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News Terry Rozier made headlines yesterday when his name was mentioned in Phoenix Suns trade rumors. According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports’ 98.7 Radio Show, Rozier was targeted by...

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David Price Likely to Miss Next Start in Atlanta

David Price was struck on the wrist by a line drive in Wednesday’s 14-6 blowout of the Miami Marlins. Alex Cora took a cautiously optimistic approach to the injury. He mentioned that Price was okay, but would need the next few days to make a decision on his next start against Atlanta. Price “Still Sore” Could Miss Some Extended Time Price saw a specialist earlier this week and has now reunited with the team for their 4-game series in Chicago. David was slotted in to pitch next against Atlanta on Monday, but Cora has all but ruled that out...

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ESPN’s BPI Predicts Celtics-Warriors 2019 NBA Finals Matchup

News flash everyone! The Boston Celtics are going to be a great team this year. As long as Gordon Hayward doesn’t attempt another alley-oop dunk or Kyrie Irving doesn’t have a zen moment and realize he doesn’t want to play basketball, this team is on a direct flight to the NBA Finals. Boston Lands in a Favorable Spot in the Finals Odds Prediction ESPN’s BPI, which is a machine generated predictive metric, gives the Celtics the best odds to win the Eastern Conference and plots them at 2nd to win the whole enchilada. Shockingly (kidding), the Golden State Warriors...

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With AL East Lead Down to 6.5, Boston Needs Their Ace Back

Chris Sale has been on the disabled list since August 19th with left shoulder inflammation. He has been battling with this issue for most of the 2nd half of the season but has made it clear to the media that he is fine. In fact, Sale has even mentioned that if the games were more important, he would be pitching. Well, the games are about to get a whole lot more important. Boston’s Dominance For the majority of the season, the Red Sox have been cruising atop the AL East despite New York’s impressive season. The team leads the...

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Jayson Tatum vs LeBron James By the Numbers

I know how crazy this will sound. Who in their right mind would even consider comparing an unproven 20-year-old to arguably the greatest basketball player to ever live? Before you all get out the torches and sharpen your pitchforks let me explain. This piece focuses on how much potential Jayson Tatum has. With some recent articles floating around social media making the case that Taco Jay is ‘overhyped’ I felt the need to come to his defense. There is no defense stronger than proving to the world that the 20-year-old talent put up comparative advanced metrics to the King...

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Countdown To Celtics Tipoff: 67 Days

Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 8th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (67 today). Let’s get to it!

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Kyrie Irving- Greatest Ball Handler of All-Time

For those of you that may not know- the NBA season is 10 weeks away. Free Agency has died down and basketball fans are left without much to get excited about. That being said- this week happens to be ‘NBA Handles Week’. There isn’t many things more exciting than watching the NBA’s best break some ankles on the court. Kyrie Irving is a Wizard with the Ball To celebrate why not talk about Kyrie Irving and his otherworldly handles? At #1 of the TOP 100 HANDLES from the 2017-18 season… @KyrieIrving of the @Celtics! #NBAHandlesWeek #BESTofNBA pic.twitter.com/eFRHwUjxse — NBA...

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Boston Celtics Draft Prospect Profile: Grayson Allen

With the draft a short week away, the Boston Celtics begin to turn their attention toward the young athletes looking to make the leap into the league. Headlining the draft are the likes of Duke forward Marvin Bagley, Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, and international guard Luka Doncic. These are the players garnishing most of the buzz as mock drafts begin winding down and top 100 rankings start clearing up. Boston holds the 27th pick and has reportedly narrowed down their field of prospects to around 10 players. Perhaps the most interesting of the prospects the team has worked out is...

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Kyrie Irving Happy in Boston, Focused on ‘Redemption Year’

Concerns about Kyrie Irving’s future in Boston arose due to his decision not to resign with the team this summer. There are some who speculate that because of this Irving is a “flight risk.” These views could not be further from the truth. The Interview Kyrie Irving sat down with the Boston media on Tuesday to discuss his plans moving forward. He spent the entirety of the meeting gushing about the team and his excitement heading into next season. His main focus is on staying healthy and doing what he can to help the team contend for a championship. He...

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Kyrie Irving Readdresses Future with Celtics

It’s been just a day since Kyrie Irving caused a storm of rumors centered around his future with the Celtics. Monday he spoke once more on the topic. In an interview with Boston Sports Journal Irving expressed his excitement to get back on the court next season and play with a completely healthy group.

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David Price is Back

The Red Sox have been on a tear to start the season, sitting behind the Yankees by mere percentage points while owning the most wins in baseball. Offense has been the talk of the town for this Sox team, as the team leads the majors in runs, hits, and batting average. They are second in home runs and RBIs, trailing only the Yankees. As fantastic as MLB’s top offense has been through 65 games, they have received a lot of help from their All-Star pitching core in Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, and David Price. Price’s Hot Streak http://bostonsportsextra.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Price-StrikeoutTrim.mp4 No...

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Celtics Concerned about Kyrie Irving’s Upcoming Free Agency

When Kyrie Irving sat down with the Cavaliers in the summer of 2017, he gave Dan Gilbert a list of several teams he wished to be traded to.  The New York Knicks, a franchise Irving has reportedly long sought after and even told his former teammates about, topped that list. Kyrie was ultimately traded to the Boston Celtics, one team not on the list Kyrie gave to the Cavaliers.  However, it’s widely presumed he added the Celtics prior to the trade. Early Irving When the Celtics took on Kyrie they knew that they only had two seasons to convince...

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LeBron James Set to Meet with Celtics

Earlier today Stephen A. Smith stated on ESPN First Take that LeBron James will meet with seven teams this summer. One of these teams are the Boston Celtics, a franchise LeBron has routinely terrorized in his distinguished career. The Top Contenders The end of LeBron James’s tenure in Cleveland is drawing closer by the day. It is widely speculated that after the conclusion of the NBA Finals this year LeBron will join a new team to finish out his career. The most widely speculated belief is that he will make his way to the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles....

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Terry Rozier’s Days in Boston Are Numbered

The Birth of Scary Terry Terry Rozier made quite the name for himself in the 2018 postseason. He took over for injured star Kyrie Irving and played a major role in Boston’s deep playoff run. The Celtics got within one win from the NBA Finals behind stellar team basketball and a few individual big-time performances from the young guard. Entering the postseason Rozier had played in a total of 22 playoff games, starting in none. He took over as the floor general for the team with only 16 starts to wind down the season. In the 19 playoff games...

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The Celtics are Interested in Mo Bamba

There are reports that the Celtics are interested in Texas big man Mo Bamba. Boston is reportedly willing to move up moving up in the draft to take him. Bamba is a 6’11” prospect with a record-breaking 7’10” wingspan. The Prospect Considered the most NBA ready rim protector in his draft class, Bamba has the highest ceiling out of every prospect this year. He averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and an absurd 3.7 blocks per game in 30 appearances for Texas as a freshman. He possesses good lateral quickness for a guy his size, making him a deadly offensive...

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